Nova Scotia Premier, Rodney MacDonald has declared the week of September 23-29, 2007 as Biotechnology and Life Sciences Week in Nova Scotia. The proclamation is being made in recognition of the growing impact that the life sciences industry has on the province’s economy and on the overall well-being of Nova Scotians.

“Nova Scotia is privileged to have a strong emerging life sciences industry and the valuable research and development resources of our universities and hospitals,” said Premier MacDonald. “R&D, commercialized by local companies and exported throughout the world is resulting in beneficial dividends for us all.”

The proclamation will have its official reading during the opening ceremonies of BioPort Atlantic 2007 in front of business and industry leaders, scientists, investors, government representatives, service providers, media and students from across North America and abroad. Hosted by BioNova, Nova Scotia’s life sciences industry association, BioPort is the premier event for life sciences in the Atlantic region. This year’s conference runs September 26-27 at the World Trade and Convention Centre.

“The Premier’s support of our member companies, as demonstrated in his proclamation of Biotechnology and Life Sciences Week, is appreciated and well placed," said Marli MacNeil, Chief Executive Officer of BioNova. “With export sales approaching $200 million, Nova Scotia’s life sciences industry is an important part of the province’s growing knowledge economy.”

The innovations being commercialized by companies like Ocean Nutrition Canada, BioMedica Diagnostics, Acadian Seaplants, MedMira, Precision BioLogics and ImmunoVaccine Technologies have helped put Nova Scotia’s life sciences industry on the map. This proclamation gives recognition to the some 3,400 men and women working in the province’s biotechnology and life sciences companies and research institutions, and helps validate Nova Scotia’s position as a growing force in the global life sciences industry.

The proclamation also coincides with Canada’s National Biotechnology Week, which hosts a series of events spanning from Vancouver to St. John’s in celebration of the biotechnology industry across Canada.

About BioPort Atlantic (WWW.BIONOVA.CA/BIOPORT
BioPort Atlantic, the region’s premiere event for Canada’s National Biotechnology Week, is a celebration of the life sciences sector and brings a business focused forum for education and networking to industry, researchers, investors and government. The theme of this year’s conference is going glocal. Guest Speakers and panel presenters will discuss the issues and opportunities faced by local companies in the world marketplace and share their experiences of building successful life sciences companies, from right here in Atlantic Canada. A full conference line-up can be viewed at WWW.BIONOVA.CA/BIOPORT.

BioNova is Nova Scotia's Biotechnology and Life Sciences Industry Association. BioNova provides leadership and support to industry in the areas of advocacy; information and learning; education and development. BioNova’s mandate is to support its members as they develop their businesses, and to work with government and others to promote the creation of a business environment in which industry growth can occur.

For more information, please contact:
Rocky Hynes
Director of Education and Communication

Halifax, Nova Scotia, September 24, 2007